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Old 07-02-2012, 05:07 PM   #54
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Originally Posted by BTURNER View Post
Of the seven women with potential for GOAT ( Lenglen, Wills, Connolly, Court, Evert, Navratilova, and Graf) I just can't justify giving the final trophy to the woman with arguably the worst record of the seven on European red clay. Martina has just two majors on the red dirt, no Germans, no Italians or Madrid titles to mitigate. She was superb, no doubt, when at her very best ( read 1984). but Evert wasn't everywhere on the continent and Navratilova just did not come up with the goods often enough anymore than Evert did on grass . Therefore Graf who did on all surfaces, beats both for GOAT IMHO.
I think Graf's record of at least 4 titles at each slam is her best argument for GOAT. Although that stat is mitigated by the fact that tennis in the 90's evolved into one big baseline slugfest in which surface mattered little to individual players. For example Steffi never faced a Wimbledon draw like Evert did in 1986 where she had to face 3 true serve and volleyers in a row much less what she faced in the 70's. Not saying Steffi couldn't come through that just that she never faced it.

Speaking of Chris, kudos to her for showing up on grass and putting up a very good record.
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